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2013 Audi Allroad 2.0T Verdict

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 7/1/2014 Arthur St. Antoine, Motor Trend Staff
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For one year, MT's 2013 Audi Allroad was "mine." As official chaperone, I spent the most time behind the Allroad's thick leather steering wheel, enjoyed the most hours savoring the sonic bliss of its brilliant Bang & Olufsen audio system, and rolled on the most miles in the embrace of the deeply padded leather driver's seat.

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Yet, while I'll miss the Allroad the most, other staffers will lament its departure as well, for three reasons: (1) the Audi wagon does almost everything well, (2) it suffers from very few shortcomings, and (3) it never gave us so much as a hint of trouble, despite being one of the busiest rides in our long-term fleet.

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For starters, the Allroad is a packaging champ. It's trim, nimble, and easy to nip and tuck through urban traffic, yet it's also impressively roomy on the inside. Rear-seat room is quite decent, there's a generous cargo floor in back, and, with the flip of a few latches, the 60/40 split rear seats drop to produce a plentiful storage space (50.5 cubic feet) for that antique dresser you just snagged at the flea market. The standard roof rack is useful, too. Our test car even arrived with the optional ski carriers in place -- but, alas, putting out a magazine, a website, and a ton of monthly videos doesn't leave a lot of time for hitting the slopes. Besides, the carriers whistled on the highway. We had the dealer remove 'em (doing so requires a special key), and they remained in the MT garage thereafter.

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Though the Allroad may be trim in dimensions, it's far from light in luxuries. Just about everything you could want is included in the top-level Prestige package: heated front leather seats, an excellent navigation system, three-zone automatic climate control, that 14-speaker B&O audio system, keyless entry and start, rear parking sensors and camera, Bluetooth audio streaming, blind-spot warning system, and a panoramic sunroof. A so-called Audi Connect system brings Google Earth satellite maps to the nav screen and transforms the entire cabin into a Wi-Fi hotspot. (The service is free for six months. Thereafter, it's $30 per month or discounted in bulk packages, such as $450 for 30 months.) Also on board is a voice-activation system that deftly controls your mobile phone and the nav. Just speak your destination and the address loads. (We experienced a few "I can't find that address" miscues, but most of the time the voice-recognition was spot-on.) The cabin is beautifully finished in leather with aluminum trim, and the MMI interface (a single knob for the nav, audio system, etc.) is intuitive and easy to use. Only one major flaw mars the otherwise thoroughly satisfying cockpit: The spectacular B&O audio system doesn't play high-resolution audio files. That's right, despite the system's 505 watts of power and its sumptuous array of high-end tweeters and woofers, the head unit chokes on lossless digital files, while the DVD player mostly spits out audiophile DVD-A discs. Yes, you can stream lossless files from your iPhone, but a system this good needs to be able to handle DVD-A discs and, via its standard SD card inputs and built-in hard drive, high-resolution audio files.

You'd never mistake the Allroad for a quick car, but it's sprightly. The 2.0-liter turbo-four delivered 211 hp in 2013 trim (2014 Allroads are rated at 220 hp). Combined with the excellent eight-speed Tiptronic automatic, the engine yields respectable 0-60 sprints of 6.4 seconds. Making its torque peak at just 1500 rpm, the little four has plenty of grunt, too. Whether cutting through the city or carving up a mountain road, it pulls without seeming to sweat. And despite the Allroad's SUV-like attributes -- standard all-wheel drive, a car-beating 7.1 inches of ground clearance -- it delivers decidedly un-SUV-like mileage. During the car's year-long stay, which included lots of heavy-footed hustling, we measured an average 24.0 mpg.

Because of its winning combo of comfort, capability, and driving refinement, the Allroad became a favorite of video teams chasing show cars during the production of "Epic Drives" and our other Motor Trend video programs. Whether nipping at the heels of a Bentley Continental GT or a McLaren 12C Spider, the Allroad happily kept up the pace, even when burdened with piles of video equipment and crew baggage. As winter 2013 rolled in, the Allroad's Quattro system finally got to strut its stuff. Wearing a set of Pirelli Sottozero 3 snow tires, the Audi bashed through powder and ice on Mount Hood without complaint. This is one versatile rig.

Our Allroad was completely trouble-free. The first scheduled service was complimentary. The second, including an oil and filter change and 15,000-mile inspection, cost us $380.82, plus an additional $207.02 to mount, balance, and install the four snow tires. (For comparison, our recently retired long-term Infiniti JX35 rang up $464.43 in scheduled maintenance costs during its 14-month stay with us.) Otherwise, the Allroad ran us nothing in unexpected costs, despite pounding up and down the California coast, racing myriad times through the Mojave and Nevada deserts, and generally acting as a blue-blooded workhorse. Given the amount of technology packed into this svelte sport wagon, and the fact that we ran it hard (we kept up with all-out sports machines on tarmac and pounded through demanding off-road environments), it's a real testament to the Allroad that not one system so much as hiccupped. The car was flawless for more than 20,000 hard-charging miles.

Then Audi's reps showed up to take our Allroad back. Ah, that's when the trouble started.

More on our long-term 2013 Audi Allroad 2.0T:


Our Car
Service life12 mo / 20,291 mi
BASE PRICE$40,495
OPTIONSPrestige equipment ($9200: heated front seats, power tailgate, MMI navigation), Scuba Blue paint ($475), roof base bars ($400), walnut trim inlays ($350), carpeted floormats ($150), cargo mat ($120)
PRICE AS TESTED$51,190
AVG ECON/CO224.0 mpg / 0.81 lb/mi
PROBLEM AREASNone
MAINTENANCE COST$380.82 (2-oil change, inspection; 1-cabin-air filter, tire rotation)
NORMAL-WEAR COST$0
3-YEAR RESIDUAL VALUE*$22,524
RECALLSNone
*Automotive Lease Guide data


2013 Audi Allroad 2.0T
POWERTRAIN/CHASSIS
DRIVETRAIN LAYOUTFront-engine, AWD
ENGINE TYPETurbocharged I-4, iron block/aluminum head
VALVETRAINDOHC, 4 valves/cyl
DISPLACEMENT121.1 cu in/1984 cc
COMPRESSION RATIO9.6:1
POWER (SAE NET)211 hp @ 4300 rpm
TORQUE (SAE NET)258 lb-ft @ 1500 rpm
REDLINE6100 rpm
WEIGHT TO POWER18.4 lb/hp
TRANSMISSION8-speed automatic
AXLE/FINAL-DRIVE RATIO3.08:1/2.05:1
SUSPENSION, FRONT; REARMultilink, coil springs, anti-roll bar; multilink, coil springs, anti-roll bar
STEERING RATIO15.9:1
TURNS LOCK-TO-LOCK2.7
BRAKES, F;R12.6-in vented disc; 11.8-in disc, ABS
WHEELS, F;R8.0 x 18-in, cast aluminum
TIRES, F;R245/45R18 100H M+S Pirelli Cinturato P7 All Season
DIMENSIONS
WHEELBASE110.4 in
TRACK, F/R62.3/62.0 in
LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT185.9 x 72.5 x 58.0 in
GROUND CLEARANCE7.1 in
APPRCH/DEPART ANGLE15.4/19.4 deg (est)
TURNING CIRCLE37.7 ft
CURB WEIGHT3885 lb
WEIGHT DIST., F/R53/47%
TOWING CAPACITY1100 lb
SEATING CAPACITY5
HEADROOM, F/R38.8/37.4 in
LEGROOM, F/R41.3/35.2 in
SHOULDER ROOM, F/R55.5/54.3 in
CARGO VOLUME BEHIND F/R50.5/27.6 cu ft
TEST DATA
ACCELERATION TO MPH
0-30 2.1 sec
0-403.2
0-504.7
0-606.4
0-708.6
0-8011.0
0-9014.2
0-10017.8
PASSING, 45-65 MPH3.6
QUARTER MILE14.9 sec @ 92.2 mph
BRAKING, 60-0 MPH117 ft
LATERAL ACCELERATION0.84 g (avg)
MT FIGURE EIGHT26.7 sec @ 0.67 g (avg)
TOP-GEAR REVS @ 60 MPH1600 rpm
CONSUMER INFO
STABILITY/TRACTION CONTROLYes/yes
AIRBAGSFront, front side, f/r curtain
BASIC WARRANTY4 yrs/50,000 miles
POWERTRAIN WARRANTY4 yrs/50,000 miles
ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE4 yrs/unlimited miles
FUEL CAPACITY16.9 gal
EPA CITY/HWY/COMB ECON20/27/23 mpg
ENERGY CONS., CITY/HWY/COMB169/125/149 kW-hrs/100 mi
CO2 EMISSIONS, COMBINED0.86 lb/mile
RECOMMENDED FUELUnleaded premium

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